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Today's News

  • Almost $25 million collected in county property taxes for year

    Property-tax-collecting season went well for Roane County.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said the total levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $27.607 million. Of that amount, $2.676 million remains unpaid.

    County budget director Kaley Walker said the unpaid amount shouldn’t put the county in a financial bind, because each year officials take into account that not all the tax money will be paid on time.

    “We don’t plan on getting it all,” she said. “We figure a collection rate of about 93 percent of what’s levied.”

  • THE $50-MILLION QUESTION: Who bought the winning Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    Roane County’s biggest game changer has nothing to do with brackets, college basketball or March Madness.

    The mystery, however, does involve a ball. And it holds the power to be a life changer.

    Who bought the winning $50 million Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    As of Tuesday morning, the winner had yet to come forward to claim what Tennessee Lottery officials say is the third-largest prize in the state’s lottery history.

    The business that sold the ticket, however, is a mystery no more.

  • Bazel Road house fire out; brush fire up to 500 acres

    Firefighters from throughout Roane County have worked most of Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a brush fire that's affecting up to 500 acres and spread into neighboring Morgan County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that a related house fire in the city's Bazel Road area has been extinguished.

    Goss said the fire, which spread up around Ridgewood in Morgan County, is now believed to be contained. Firefighters from Kingston left at around 5 p.m.

    Personnel from Harriman remained on the scene into the evening.

  • Soccer leads Haba to Olympic Development Program

    It wasn’t too long ago the idea of someone in Roane County having dreams of playing soccer would’ve seen far from a reality.

    However, for MacKenzie Haba, it has been just that, a dream, and a dream that she is currently living.

    “I guess I’m just trying to think for my future,” MacKenzie, who was recently selected to be a member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Program soccer team, said.

    “I’m getting ready for it, and I need to work on it.”

  • Roane schools eligible for UCOR grants

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, known as UCOR, is accepting proposals from area schools for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math.

    UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific projects.

    Schools in Roane, Anderson, Loudon, Knox and Morgan counties are eligible to submit proposals.

  • OUT to LUNCH: No more flu, no more ice, and a revisit to New China Palace

    I hope that some previous readers have noticed the absence of my “Out to Lunch” articles in the Roane County News since the first of the year.
    Although my wife, Carol, and I had flu shots, we got a new version of the flu after Christmas.
    For a few weeks, we didn’t care if the sun shined. I also lost my appetite for a long time after surviving the flu bug.
    Then snow and ice prevented us from driving in and out of our house on top of Midtown Heights. No mail or newspapers for several days a couple of times.

  • TVA partners with Midway, Dyllis Springs
  • Former cop in standoff, ex-wife shot

    Roane County law enforcement were in a standoff several hours on Saturday with a suspect accused of shooting his ex-wife at 142 Bridges Drive.

    “We had a shooting incident here, and there was a female shot several times in the chest,” Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed early Saturday evening. “She was flown out to a trauma center.”

    The sheriff said Jenny Gambrill was in stable condition from what he had heard from a surgical nurse at the hospital.

  • Exec’s state talk irks assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is still sore about the comments Roane County Executive Ron Woody made during last month’s State Board of Equalization meeting in Nashville.

    “We would like for you all to come in and assist us in rebuilding confidence,” Woody said.

    Those were the last comments the board heard before voting unanimously to allow the Division of Property Assessments to take over Roane County’s reappraisal.

  • 83 spot change forms sent in

    T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressing concerns about value changes on multiple parcels.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    “I find this pattern excessive and questionable.”

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he was unaware of the letter until shown a copy Thursday night.